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The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 10 January 1975
A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.


David Greene


Sidney Carroll (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Edmond Dantes
Trevor Howard ... Abbe Faria
Louis Jourdan ... De Villefort
Donald Pleasence ... Danglars
Tony Curtis ... Fernand Mondego
Kate Nelligan ... Mercedes
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Jacopo
Harold Bromley Harold Bromley ... M. Morrell
George Willing George Willing ... Andre Morrell
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Caderousse
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... M. Dantes
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Bertuccio
Harry Baird ... Ali
Isabelle De Valvert Isabelle De Valvert ... Haydee (as Isabelle de Valvert)
Taryn Power ... Valentine De Villefort


A TV adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The classic tale of romance, revenge and retribution. See more »


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Actress Taryn Power and actress Kate Nelligan both received 'introducing' credits. See more »


After Caderousse punches his nemesis, the guy drops his cane down the stairs, yet when the camera shows him laying on the ground, he is still holding it. See more »


De Villefort: [to Monte Cristo] I'm afraid my daughter is outspoken to a fault... and slightly ill-mannered.
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Alternate Versions

As with the 1974 made-for-TV "Great Expectations", the European release of this film was more than ten minutes longer than the version that premiered on American TV. See more »


Referenced in Honest Trailers: The Princess Bride (2017) See more »

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Strangely compelling
26 July 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

As all movies made from books do, it simplifies the plot to a miniscule point and takes as much drama from it as it can. As a movie, this works surprisingly well. Chamberlain is excellent as the conflicted changeling, but others don't do so well. Tony Curtis has never been my favorite actor and Kate Nelligan doesn't have much screen presence. Watching Louis Jourdan try very hard to play to the camera is kind of sad, but Donald Pleasance is very good and almost steals scenes away from Chamberlain.

Unfortunately, this is a TV movie (1970s), so the direction is awkward and stage-y. But a pretty good script and Chamberlain's performance make this a strangely compelling experience.

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Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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